UNLV +24 vs. Arizona for College Football Pick

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:37 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 3:37 PM UTC

The Arizona Wildcats are going to have a hard time dominating the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels for a second consecutive year, as they begin life without one of their best players in program history.

<p style="text-align:center"> <style type="text/css"><!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}--> </style> <span style="font-size:13px;font-family:arial,sans,sans-serif;color:#000000;text-align:left"><iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="330" src="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/video/embed/?videoId=21096" width="560"></iframe></span><br />  </p> <p><strong style="line-height:1.6em">Start of a turnaround?</strong><br /> <span style="line-height:1.6em">With 51 lettermen and the entire staff returning from a bowl appearance, UNLV head coach Bobby Hauck likes his chances of the program posting back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1983-84.</span></p> <p>The Runnin’ Rebels have 15 returning starters, but they’ll need to replace their No. 1 quarterback and running back from a season ago, which is one of the main reasons for an inflated number on the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/college-football/" target="_blank" title="Live College Football betting odds!">college football odds</a> page for Week 1.</p> <p>College football handicappers will find that the program has covered eight of its last 11 overall games.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Dominant performance</strong><br /> Arizona is going to be one of the more popular college football predictions in <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/forum/college-football-betting/2914415-post-your-week-1-picks.html" target="_blank" title="Handicappers discuss their week 1 picks in the SBR Forum!">the opening week,</a> as they’ve won their last 13 home openers by an average of 26 points, which is important to consider when this matchup kicks off at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN in Tucson.</p> <p>The Wildcats also registered an impressive 58-13 win over the Runnin’ Rebels as 14-point road favorites last season—rushing for 397 yards on 69 carries.</p> <p>During the first two years of the Rich Rodriguez era at Arizona Stadium, the team has gone 5-6 against the spread as favorites.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Life on the road</strong><br /> The Runnin’ Rebels are a miserable 1-13 SU in their last 14 road openers—losing their last six by an average of 23 points in that situation.</p> <p><a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/college-football/news/ncaaf-picks-week-1-preview-unlv-rebels-vs-arizona-wildcats-a-48038/" target="_top" title="A different take on the UNLV Rebels vs Arizona Wildcats game">UNLV has an opportunity</a> to stay competitive in this affair if it can get the ball to senior wide receiver Devante Davis, who caught a school-record 14 touchdown passes a season ago, but those numbers were made possible by playing with graduating senior Caleb Herring.</p> <p>Former freshman phenom Nick Sherry is expected to earn the starting job under center, as he looks to duplicate Herring’s successful path of working his way back onto the field.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Starting from scratch</strong><br /> Replacing Ka’Deem Carey is going to take a group effort, as he earned <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/ncaa-football-picks-pac-12-conference-power-rankings/39974/" target="_blank" title="Pac-12 Conference Power Rankings">Pac-12</a> Offensive Player of the Year honors in 2013, while also finishing as the school’s career rushing leader.</p> <p>Arizona returns just 134 rushing yards on its roster—a number that has likely kept Rodriguez up at night.</p> <p>The offense will likely do just enough at the position and under center to lead the squad to a 4-0 start, but the season could take a downward turn on the road against the Oregon Ducks on Oct. 2.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Prediction</strong><br /> I’m going to recommend that readers back the Runnin’ Rebels as one of their Week 1 <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/college-football/" target="_blank" title="The best betting picks in college football, at Sportsbook Review!">college football picks</a>, as they’ve gone 4-0-1 ATS in their last five Friday affairs.</p> <p><strong style="line-height:1.6em">Pick:</strong><span style="line-height:1.6em">  UNLV Runnin’ Rebels +24</span></p> <p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":293685, "sportsbooksIds":[43], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1}[/]</p>
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